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Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.

Mark Bruce

Department Chair and Associate Professor of English | mbruce@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Areas of expertise

Bruce has recently published articles in the areas of Medieval English literature and graduate study of English. What he loves most about Medieval British literature is the energy and intensity of the literature; and he loves helping students to experience it with him.

Susan Brooks

Department Chair, Associate Professor of English and Director of 5-12 and K-12 Education Programs | susan-brooks@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Research interests

Teacher conceptions of literature and how are manifested in the classroom; Preservice teachers' understanding of literary theory Student engagement

Phyllis Alsdurf

Professor of English | p-alsdurf@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Areas of expertise

Alsdurf's professional interest is in the area of media and religion and journalism history. She served as editor of Family Life Today magazine for 6 years and was director of publications at Bethel for 5 years prior to joining the English department faculty.

Thomas Becknell

Professor of English | t-becknell@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1983

Areas of expertise

Becknell teaches introductory and advanced courses on American literature, environmental writing, and modern myth makers. He received the Faculty Excellence Award for teaching in 1995. He is the author of a book of spiritual lessons from nature, Of Earth and Sky, and articles on American liter. . . read more.

Joey Horstman

Associate Professor of English | joey-horstman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Areas of expertise

Horstman's professional interests in English include contemporary/postmodern literature.

Marion Larson

Professor of English | m-larson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1986

Areas of expertise

Larson's favorite thing about teaching English is getting to read and think about books that are so different from daily life, yet hold so many important connections; and she loves doing this with faculty and students who also enjoy it. Recently she has published articles in areas related to in. . . read more.

Abbey Payeur

Adjunct Instructor in English and General Studies | abbeypayeur@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Teaching Specialty

I have a decade of teaching experience in literacy that spans the kindergarten through college age groups. Now I use these experiences to mentor the teacher candidates I supervise for the undergraduate and graduate teaching education programs.

Daniel Ritchie

Professor of English | d-ritchie@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1985

Areas of expertise

Ritchie teaches courses in British literature and specializes in the 18th century. In 2002, he guided Bethel’s efforts to begin a Humanities Program, a team-taught, 4-course introduction to the Western tradition. In 2006, he won Bethel’s Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching. He has edited . . . read more.

April Schmidt

Associate Professor of English | a-schmidt@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Areas of expertise

Schmidt teaches a full range of writing classes from composition to creative nonfiction. Her primary interests are the lyric essay and creative nonfiction that explores nontraditional forms. Her essays, poetry and creative nonfiction have been published recently in "Ruminate," "Geez," "get born. . . read more.

Angela Shannon

Assistant Professor of English | a-shannon@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Areas of expertise

Shannon is the author of the poetry book "Singing the Bones Together." Her poems have been published in a variety of journals and anthologies, including "Where One Ends Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry"; "Beyond the Frontier: African American Poetry for the 21st Century"; and the t. . . read more.

Scott Winter

Assistant Professor of Journalism | s-winter@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Student Media

The "Coeval" Undergraduate Literary and Art Magazine

The Coeval, meaning "of the same age," is Bethel's undergraduate literary and art magazine. Published each semester, the Coeval is edited by students and advised by the English department. See the archive of Coeval issues in the Digital Library

Royal Report

The Royal Report is the outlet for our Journalism students exploring writing, photography, and video content. The Medium site features students' story assignments and captivating images. The Royal Report Youtube channel features short vignettes and stories that provide a deeper look into the people and issues at Bethel. 

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